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Constitutional amendment would restore accountability and balance of power with independent legislative oversight
Salem, OR—As part of his nonpartisan agenda of accountability, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson today signaled to the State Legislature his strong support of adopting an impeachment process. Upon voter approval, House Joint Resolution 10 would amend the Oregon Constitution, creating independent legislative oversight of statewide executive branch officials, including the Governor and Secretary of State.

“No one is above the law,” Richardson said. “We must close the loophole that protects statewide elected officials, and empower the legislature with oversight authority. Oregon voters are crying out for restored checks and balances.”

The Secretary's Office will provide supporting testimony before the House Rules Committee today at 3 p.m. in Hearing Room 50 at the State Capitol. Oregon is the only state in the county that does not allow for impeachment proceedings.

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